refrigerators
Expert Score
8.8

Dacor DTF364SIWS Refrigerator Review

Four doors and a convertible compartment at a more affordable price

September 30, 2014
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Four-door fridges are popular in Asia, but still a rarity in the US market. That has started to change, though, with the release of Samsung’s RF32FMQDBSR roughly a year ago.

The newest four-door fridge comes from upscale appliance brand Dacor. The Dacor DTF364SIWS (MSRP $2,999) is part of the manufacturer’s Distinctive series. Like the Samsung, the DTF364SIWS's lower right compartment is a convertible compartment that can be used as either a fridge or freezer. It's also an excellent performer—all of our tests produced strong results across the board.

There are some differences between the two refrigerators: While Samsung's four-door, 32-cubic-foot fridge is a big investment that requires a big kitchen, this Dacor is slightly smaller, slightly more affordable, and slightly less intimidating. Sure, it feels a bit less luxurious, it'll still add a dash of class to any kitchen.

Design & Usability

Dacor DTF364SIWS Exterior
The latest entry in the American four-door fridge market. View Larger

Unlike anything else

On the outside, the Dacor DTF364SIWS looks very good. Slim, stainless handles and a futuristic control console help it match other appliances in the Distinctive lineup. Though it resembles Samsung's four-door fridge, it definitely isn't a copy: Dacor's fridge is made by Arçelik, one of the largest appliance manufacturers in Europe, whose four-door fridges have been on sale in the rest of the world for years.

Open it up, and you'll find a multitude of storage areas, including swinging baskets and pull-out drawers. In a fun design choice, almost all the nooks and crannies have little symbols to represent what you might want to store there. For instance, door shelves in the freezer are emblazoned with popsicle icons.

Not every piece of this fridge is rosy, however. The water filter is located behind the left crisper, which makes changing it unnecessarily difficult. The inclusion of a large, clunky icemaker is also disappointing.

Freezer drawers were loose enough that they occasionally fell out onto the floor, and the wobbly crisper drawers lacked adjustable humidity sliders. Only one shelf in this entire appliance is adjustable. If you don’t like the layout of a certain compartment, you’re stuck with it.

The thermostat controls operate in increments. The freezer, for instance, can be set to -5, 0, 5, or 10°F. In practical terms, there aren’t many people who specifically want a freezer set to -2°F, but it's disappointing to see this lack of user control on such a pricey model.

There were a few other curiosities on the control panel. For instance, a pair of buttons labeled Quick are apparently what engage quick cool and quick freeze functionality. Pressing Mode 3" doesn't make you taller, but—after holding it down for three seconds—switches the convertible compartment between fridge and freezer mode.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Performance

An all-around solid performer

When it came to our temperature tests, Dacor’s four-door model proved to be one of the best all-around performers we've seen.

We measured stable temperatures in all compartments, both over time and from shelf to shelf. Our only complaint: the fridge ran a bit warm, and unfortunately the incremental controls which bottom out at 37°F (the setting we used) make it impossible to turn it down any further.

Dacor DTF364SIWS Controls
The controls look great, but could be more responsive. Some unusual terminology will take some getting used to. View Larger

Even better, our data shows that this Dacor is very energy efficient—even with the icemaker running. The non-adjustable crispers also retained a decent amount of moisture over time, making it a good fit for salad lovers.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.

The Fourth Door & Other Features

More versatile than standard compartments

The Dacor DTF364SIWS's lower right zone is a convertible compartment, capable of alternating between a fridge and freezer. To switch, simply press and hold that Mode 3" button for three seconds.

Freezer mode works almost exactly the same as the regular freezer, though it can go down to -10°F for a real deep chill. The fridge setting, however, is much more versatile than the main compartment. You can set it to one of eight temperature increments, ranging from 21°F to 50°F, depending on your culinary needs.

Dacor DTF364SIWS Freezer
The lower left compartment is always a freezer, but the right-hand side offers adjustable storage from -10°F up to 50°F. View Larger

Adjustable compartment aside, the feature list on this fridge is actually quite straightforward. You’ve got a control lock, two kinds of ice, and a through-the-door ice and water dispenser. It also includes a vacation mode, as well as a quick chill in both the fridge and freezer for when you need to bring the temperature down quickly.

Up at the top of the right fridge door, Dacor has provided you with a large removable egg tray capable of accommodating 20 eggs. 20-eggs-worth of space seems like a strange choice when most folks purchase eggs by the dozen, but at least there's plenty of space.

A Stylish Pick

Dacor DTF364SIWS Interior
Big and stylish—that's the name of the game with high-end four-door refrigeration. View Larger

Worth your consideration

The DTF364SIWS Distinctive is an all-around excellent fridge, both aesthetically and functionally. Sure, the lack of customization could be a drawback for certain consumers, and some of the features lack refinement. Hiccups aside, this is a fridge you should keep your eye on.

Discounts are different on high-end products, so don't go shopping around expecting a find sale. The DTF364SIWS is available for $2,999 and no lower.

While that might seem like a great deal compared to the Samsung RF32FMQDBSR, consider this: Not only is the Samsung bigger, but it’s been out for a year. Retailers are now offering it for roughly the same price as the Dacor. If size is no concern, you might want to get the larger model. If you’re looking for four-door storage that will fit in a slightly smaller kitchen, though, the DTF364SIWS delivers.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Compare Prices
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

What's Your Take?

All Comments